Manchester City’s tactics a compliment to Liverpool, says Virgil van Dijk

by Leon Thompson October 10, 2018, 1:24
Manchester City’s tactics a compliment to Liverpool, says Virgil van Dijk

The Catalan, who experienced three chastening defeats to Liverpool last season in the Premier League and Champions League quarter-finals, was wary of being exposed by Jurgen Klopp's side and, as a result, the match was not much of a spectacle.

"That's why I say going away is not a big problem but now you call a manager of any country and ask him to leave out one or two players and he says, "I am under pressure as well" because now it's Nations League". And Arsenal are two points behind, yeah?

City's best chance arrived when they were awarded a penalty kick, which was blazed over by Riyad Mahrez, five minutes from time after Van Dijk had upended Leroy Sane.

"If it is an open game at Anfield, you don't even have one percent of a chance", he said. They are maybe, no, they are the best team in the world in these transitions, offensive, defensive, there is no team better in the world than that.

Liverpool and Manchester United have both undergone four game runs without a win this season, and yet the mood around the clubs could not be more different.

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But Jurgen Klopp's men were unable to maintain that supremacy after mustering just two shots on target during the 90 minutes of the 0-0 draw . Where City have faced a fixture against a team just promoted from the Championship (Wolves, Fulham and Cardiff), last season's data has been taken from the fixture against the team relegated to make way for them (Swansea, West Brom and Stoke). But I said already in an interview, we have to start thinking about the players. In no game, we played so far, the game that kind of level like it was today.

He has now failed to score from five of his past eight Premier League penalties.

"For both teams it was really intense, and both showed respect for the other team". We tried to win but at the end we need to be happy - I need to be happy - that we didn't lose it because of the penalty.

Arsenal are improving under Unai Emery, and have won six league games on the bounce to move into the top four. "I know against which team we are playing".

The Reds star hobbled off in the first half against his former club after pulling up with what appeared to be a hamstring complaint off the ball and was replaced by Naby Keita after just half an hour.

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